Review: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Genre: Non-fiction
Publication: 06/15/2015 by Penguin Press
Pages: 277 Pages
Source: Library Audiobook
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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Goodreads Summary
At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?” 

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

My Thoughts:
I am a Parks and Recreation fan so naturally I needed to pick up this book. I may be biased but I loved it. I listened to it on audio which is the only way that I read memoirs. I absolutely love when someone reads me their own story, especially when they are hilarious like Aziz. 

I am really interested in relationships and I loved the academic approach to this book. In addition, Aziz's insights on relationships were on point and hilarious. I am apart of the generation where dating seems to have changed so drastically. However, I've missed the online dating obsession because I've been in a relationship since Tinder has been popular. My favourite part of the book was that it was still hopeful about this generations take on love. Aziz could have easily taken the popular opinion and have been very cynical about relationships. He addresses the fact that there are cons in our quest for love but there were also cons in relationships in the past. 

I honestly loved this book and if you are interested in relationships I highly recommend. It doesn't matter if your single, dating or married I think there is something for everyone. Modern Romance gives hope that technology isn't the end of romance and it can actually help to bring us together. 

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